Oct 302014
 

The Chargers face Northern Michigan in the second of three straight road trips in Marquette, Mich., on Friday and Saturday.

This is a non-conference series between WCHA foes. It finishes a contract UAH had signed with Northern Michigan before it joined the WCHA. The league series will be in Huntsville on January 16-17.

CATCHING THE GAMES
Times: Fri. 7:07 p.m. | Sat. 7:07 p.m.
Online video: WCHA.tv (subscription)
Online audio: WNMU-FM
Live stats: Friday | Saturday
Twitter: @weloveuahhockey, @uahhockey, @NMUHockey, @Wildcat_Dave (David Danis)
More previews: UAHChargers.com
NMUWildcats.com

Season series: UAH and Northern Michigan have met eight times since 2003. The Wildcats have won seven games with one tie, which occurred in Huntsville in 2004. The Chargers are 0-4 in Marquette. Last season, NMU won all four meetings, shutting out the Chargers twice in Michigan (3-0 and 4-0).

Chargers recap: UAH (0-6-0 overall, 0-4-0 WCHA) was swept by WCHA favorite Minnesota State last week.

The Chargers kept the games close despite the Mavericks dominating on shots on goal, thanks to goaltenders Carmine Guerriero and Matt Larose.

On Friday, Guerriero stopped 54 shots in UAH’s 3-1 loss. Max McHugh cut MSU’s lead to 2-1 with 30 seconds left, but the Mavericks scored an empty-netter to put the game away.

On Saturday, Larose made 37 saves as the Chargers fell 4-1. Josh Kestner got the lone goal for UAH, which tied the game in the second period.

About the Wildcats: Northern Michigan (4-0-0 overall, 2-0-0 WCHA) is one of five remaining teams in NCAA Division I without a loss or tie. The Wildcats opened the season in Green Bay against then-18th-ranked Wisconsin with wins of 2-0 and 4-1. NMU took two at Lake Superior State, 4-2 and 3-0, to open conference play.

Goaltender Mathias Dahlstrom has played every minute this season. The sophomore has allowed only three goals, posting a 0.75 goals against average, a .968 save percentage, and two shutouts.

Junior Darren Nowick has paced the Wildcats on offense so far, leading the team with four goals and tied for the team lead with five points. Sophomore John Siemer also has five points on two goals and three assists. Sophomore Dominik Shine  has three goals.

The Wildcats were picked to finish sixth in the preseason coaches poll and seventh in the media poll.

Around the WCHA: The WCHA has been holding its own in non-conference action, posting a 17-15-3 record, and a 8-5-0 record against ranked opponents.

Big early-season conference series at Bowling Green this weekend, as the nation’s top scorer, Kevin Dufour, and the Falcons (4-1-1) host No. 12 Minnesota State (4-2-0).

In non-conference action, Michigan Tech, another undefeated and untied team currently ranked No. 17 in the USCHO.com poll, hosts No. 15 Michigan.

Here’s the schedule for league teams this week. All times are Central. Games involving WCHA teams at home can be seen online on WCHA TV.

Friday, October 31

UAH at Northern Michigan, 6:07 p.m.
* #12 Minnesota State at Bowling Green, 6:07 p.m.
* #16 Alaska at Bemidji State, 7:37 p.m.
* Lake Superior State at Alaska-Anchorage, 10:07 p.m.
#14 Ferris State at Michigan State, 6 p.m.
#15 Michigan at #17 Michigan Tech, 6:07 p.m.

Saturday, November 1

UAH at Northern Michigan, 6:07 p.m.
* #12 Minnesota State at Bowling Green, 6:07 p.m.
* #16 Alaska at Bemidji State, 7:07 p.m.
* Lake Superior State at Alaska-Anchorage, 10:07 p.m.
#14 Ferris State at Michigan State, 6 p.m.
#15 Michigan at #17 Michigan Tech, 6:07 p.m.

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